We don’t want anyone to hit the panic button yet, but reports from Greece suggest that Sokratis Papastathopoulos picked up an ankle sprain during Greece’s 2-0 defeat to Finland last night.
The Arsenal man was withdrawn at half-time and replaced by Georgios Tzavellas, leading to some worries that he might be sidelined on his return to London.
Just that Socrates twisted his ankle. Doesn’t say how bad the injury is or how long he will be out.
— Manos Plomaritis (@manospl) October 16, 2018
Right now further details are hard to come by, and perhaps it will be something we get more information on when he returns to the club and is assessed by our medical team.
If he is sidelined for any length of time it would leave Unai Emery with just two senior central defenders available to him: Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi.
Laurent Koscielny is still undergoing his recovery from a serious Achilles injury, while Konstantinos Mavropanos is expected to be out of action until the end of October with a groin problem.
Fingers crossed folks.